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While the Christmas season is one filled with joy and love for many, it can also be a time of mourning for many who have lost loved ones throughout the year.


This photo that has gone viral this week proves just that.


Queuing for over an hour, this dad was determined for his son to get a picture with Santa Claus.



“A man walked in today holding something in his arms,” Santa said of what happened next.


"’I have a request,’ he said, turning around this picture frame.


“He took a moment. ‘My son passed away, last year.’ He choked up and couldn't finish his sentence. The entire photo set was silent.


“I said, ‘Absolutely.’ Without anyone saying anything, he handed me the frame and I placed it on my knee.”


The little boy, Hayden died this year and never got to have his picture taken with Father Christmas.



“The camera snap was the only sound I could hear through the entire mall.


“After a handful of clicks, we walked over to the screen and he pointed, saying, ‘That's the one.’


“We printed him a full photo package and he pulled out his wallet, saying that this was going to be his gift to his wife,” he continued.



“We gave him the printed package, telling him that it was a gift and that we would be praying for his family, this Christmas.


“He grabbed my hand and pulled me in and hugged me, then turned around and left.


“I'm sharing this to remind us all that Christmastime is unbelievably hard for some families. Pray for the brokenhearted. Smile at people. Just be kind. Love one another.”




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